Noelani Lightfoot: Outfit Genius

“It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.” – Charles Peguy

Best. Tip. Ever.

Every so often someone will share an idea that is so common sense it seems impossible it is not the given norm.

My first memory of Noelani Lightfoot goes back to April of 2007 when she attended the Linden Lifestyles birthday carnivale and snapped a squee-tastic photo of me. Since then we’ve been acquaintances and friends in one way or another although most of our conversations involve snarking in IMs at concerts and engaging in hair inventory comparison at the competitive level.

Recently, Noe shared an idea with me that is so fan-fucking-tastically brilliant I cannot believe I haven’t been doing it since the introduction of the outfit feature. In fact, it’s one of those ideas that is so basic we agreed everyone else must have already figured it out. However, since it’s possible you, dear reader, may have been suffering in the same outfit ignorance I’ve been fogged up in, I figured I’d share.

Many of you probably have oodles of HUD-based color-change treats in your inventory. Everything these days from hair to shoes to jewelry seems to come with HUDs that allow you to customize certain settings. The problem arises when you want to use the same item with different settings for different outfits. That pair of shoes looks luscious in red leather with your favorite dancing, but then you want to switch to a swanky little black number and you find yourself digging for the HUD — or worse, saving different copies of the shoes in order to preserve settings. Which kinda defeats the benefit of color change items.

Mesh Hands Saved Multiple Times By Nail Color

Mesh Hands Saved Multiple Times By Nail Color

This ^^^ is an example of my inventory folder for my mesh hands with some of my most used nail polishes saved for different outfits. Now imagine this per skin per type of hand per nail color. Exponential craziness.

So what’s an inventory-conscious fashion addict to do?

Well, Noe’s solution is to simply wear the necessary HUD(s) when you save the outfit. So you put on your outfit, click the right colors on the HUD(s), detach, and POOF! you’re ready to go. No more 10 copies of the same item for different outfits. No more scrambling around for HUDs. The minute you load the outfit they’re RIGHT THERE and all you have to do is click and go.

Hair, Nail, and Shoe HUDS Ready To Go!

Hair, Nail, and Shoe HUDS Ready To Go!

I suggest having different on-screen attachment locations for different types of common items. Say hair goes in the upper left, manicure/pedicure on the lower left, shoes on the upper right, jewelry on the lower right and the center positions for clothing items, etc.

This technique alone might get my inventory back down under the 150k mark.


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  1. Posted June 15, 2014 at 12:09 AM | Permalink

    Even easier… create an outfit folder for HUDs and put links to just those HUDs you need in it. Then, Add that to outfit when you need them, Remove from outfit when you’re set.


  2. Posted June 15, 2014 at 7:38 PM | Permalink

    That really isn’t practical when every single hairstyle, item of jewelry, pair of shoes, body part has its own HUD.

  3. Posted June 16, 2014 at 7:41 AM | Permalink

    Yep, figured out the trick. I haven’t actually “done” it that much though. For most things I prefer a all-colors pack to a HUD, except where it’s not practical. (shoes/jewelry with a bajillion options for everything). I actually only use my Truth hair HUDs once.

    I feel such shame that my inventory hasn’t hit 100000 yet.

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